Wyndmoor dancer leaps into stardom at NYC Ballet

Arts | March 17th, 2017 | Leave a comment

by Len Lear When Wyndmoor resident Russell Janzen began taking ballet lessons at the callow age of 6 at Philadelphia’s Rock School for Dance Education, it was quickly apparent that he had a special talent. By the time he was 13 he was taking seven ballet classes a week, and it was evident even to […]

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Philly’s ‘miniscule’ sugary drink tax is a disaster

Opinion | March 16th, 2017 | 1 Comment

by Len Lear Last week the Local ran an op-ed piece by Gregory J. Allen, a Philadelphia Parks and Recreation Commission member, headlined “Sugary-drink tax a small price to pay for improvements to Philadelphia parks.” The article praises the tax for the revenue it will provide for “maintenance and improvements to our parks and recreation […]

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From horrific childhood to major success in art world

Arts | March 10th, 2017 | 2 Comments

by Len Lear Almost everyone loves a story of rags to riches, a saga of someone who has overcome an excruciatingly painful background and through extraordinarily hard work, tenacity and just plain guts, has become super-successful in business, the arts, etc. Someone who has even become a role model to be emulated by anyone who […]

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Former ballerina kept on her toes at Freeman’s

Local Life | March 3rd, 2017 | Leave a comment

  by Len Lear Whitney Bounty, 31, was a professional ballet dancer, but what keeps her on her toes now is her job as an Associate Specialist in the American Furniture, Folk & Decorative Arts department of Freeman’s, the oldest auction house in the U.S. (For 211 years, Freeman’s, now at 1808 Chestnut St. since […]

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Brilliant abstracts in Woodmere teacher’s solo exhibit

Arts | March 2nd, 2017 | Leave a comment

by Len Lear Woodmere art teacher Val Rossman, whose own work is redolent of the gorgeous shapes, angles and bold colors of Mondrian, Kandinsky, Jasper Johns, Paul Klee, Willem DeKooning and the other giants of the 20th century abstract art world, has a history of solo shows, awards and grants, group exhibits and art collections […]

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